Centre for Policy Alternatives on 31 January, 2010

Letter to Commissioner of Elections to urgently address concerns voiced by voters and shared by CMEV

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27th January 2010

BY HAND, FAX &
REGISTERED POST

Mr. Dayananda Dissanayake

Elections Commissioner

Department of Elections

Sarana Mawatha,

Rajagiriya

Dear Mr. Dissanayake,

I wish to bring to your urgent attention the concerns voiced by
voters and shared by CMEV with regard to the counting process of votes
in the 26 January 2010 Presidential Election and the announcement of the
results.

In particular, we have received information regarding disruption of
the counting process including physical assault of counting officers and
agents of the principal opposition candidate in Anuradhapura,
Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala and Matale.  The informants insist on anonymity
in the interests of their personal security and I am therefore,
regrettably unable to furnish you with further details of their
complaints and concerns at this moment.

Consequently, I am writing to request you to, as a matter of the
utmost priority, publicly acknowledge and address voter concerns and
doubts about the integrity of the electoral process and in particular,
the process of counting and release of results, before you make the
official announcement of the final result.

Please be assured of my cooperation

Thanking you.

Yours sincerely

……………………………………………………….

DR. PAIKIASOTHY SARAVANAMUTTU

CO-CONVENOR